Lasair Testing out his new Scoot Boot
(See my first video for Close-Up look at Fit and Design)
Lasair is a 17'1h, 12 year old OTTB. I just pulled his shoes abou...t 8 weeks ago and is still in transition to Barefoot. He moves all tender-footed barefoot, but moves very nicely in these boots.
I'm very happy with the way he moves in these boots. To me, that says a lot. For example - everyone is raving about the new Megasus HoofRunner shoes on Kickstarter. I feel like the kid in The Emperor's New Clothes, because I'm over here thinking - "Yea...they look cool...but why do all their horses look like they are short striding?" They are definitely moving funny and I need more data to determine what is going on there - but it's not looking good so far. I want to see free, loose, flowy, extended and coordinated movement. That's what gives me clues on how comfortable he is.
These boots are still my all-time favorites but I am going to have to work with Scoot Boot to figure out the right fit for Lasair. These seem too tight - BUT there are no rubs or twisting. The one hoof where the boot was not as tight, it did twist a little - that's the one that fits as they describe it should. All the others fit like it's too tight...but they are working great...so I'm not sure. It would seem like they would rub around the heel bulbs, but they haven't yet (up to 6 mile rides), much to my surprise. Lasair is quite thin-skinned and rubs show up very quickly...all the other boots have rubbed on him here and there.
Dawn Champion, California, USA
I still have to get some long distance rides through thick brush, water crossings, mud, deep sand, steep hills, etc. - those will be my next tests.
Some more things I noticed about these boots:
They don't stretch out horribly like ones made of canvas/leather!! They do stretch and mold around the hoof, but then they go back to their original shape. This is awesome!! The other boots would be tight at first, but then stretch out so much so that they are a good size or so larger than they began. It would only take about 4 rides for this to happen. This meant that they would stay on well for about 4 rides, then start flying off because they were too loose.
The inside of the little bolts on either side of the pastern straps did leave marks on Lasair's hooves. Not bad at all, in fact, I couldn't even find the marks again 10 minutes after turning him out. I wonder if that means the boots are too tight...but then...the worst marks were left by the looser boot that had twisted a little. They do offer an "Endurance Gaiter" that adds protection to that very area so I wonder if we'll have to get those.
More thoughts and data to come!